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Friday, March 4, 2011

Dragon 397 and a little process...

Recently I did another cover for D&D's Dragon Magazine, Issue 397. The scene depicts the True Priests battling their corrupted brothers in the defiled holy temple. Jon Schindehette was AD on this and as always it was a pleasure working with him.

For this post I thought I would include a little process or step-by-step on how I approached this illustration, and pretty much how I approach all illustrations. I start with a super rough thumbnail keeping it loose. There were a few others, but I just included the one I went with. I usually do a little value or lighting comp over these thumbnails as well, but on this project I was working a bit fast to hit the deadline and I skipped some of my usual steps. After the tight pencil I normally do a full value comp and a fairly rough color comp. I basically lay the colors I am after over the image in Photoshop so I can see where I want to take the finish. Then, magically I paint the finish! Ta Dah! I would like to post an actual timelaps painting process video, but that will have to wait until I can figure out how to do it.


Cheers! Dragon 397

7 comments:

Scott Altmann said...

wow- great composition !

Kyle T. Webster said...

This is really spectacular!

Victo Ngai said...

Love the dynamic composition. So much energy! Great to see the process too!

Scott Brundage said...

Yup. Pretty freakin stunning.

Raul Allen said...

Great piece, very dynamic and I love seeing the process.
And it has a flaming skull on it what more can I ask for...

Tyler Jacobson said...

Thanks all! I will try to organize a timelaps video for one of my next paintings.

Doug said...

Looks great!